ROCK HILL, S.C. — For the second time in his career, Devon Moore earned the South Atlantic Conference’s Track Athlete of the Year winning the laurel for his indoor season in 2019-20 announced by the league office on Tuesday.
Moore, a sprinter, earned the outdoor honor a season ago bringing the program’s overall tally up to seven. The 2018-19 academic year was the first year that conference went to a vote instead of the highest overall point winner from the meet so Moore has won two of three given out under the new format.
Randall Freeman and Tiana Mills each won the outdoor honors in 2014 and Kris Potts-Howard netted the indoor laurel in 2018. Luke Greer was named the Outdoor Track Athlete of the Year during the 2019 Championship meet and Jahvad McDermott earned the plaudit in the 2019 Indoor Championship event.
Despite the NCAA Indoor National Championships getting cancelled due to Covid-19, Moore produced an elite season. In 2019-20, he entered the postseason field with the fourth-fastest time in the country in the 60 using his 6.69, his career best, at the Finn Pincus Invitational on Jan. 24, 2020.
In the 200, he entered the championships with the 10th best time in the country posting a spring-best of 21:24 at the VMI Indoor Classic on Feb. 14, 2020. He took home SAC titles in both events this season.
The junior was named the SAC Indoor Track Athlete of the Week three times this season tallying the program’s first Indoor U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association National Athlete of the Week on Jan. 14. He earned the same honor during outdoor season in 2019.
The Baxley, Ga. native registered a mark of 6.71 seconds in the 60, the second-fastest time in the sprint among all Division II athletes at the time. It came during Moore’s first event after rejoining the team after the conclusion of the football season in the ETSU Invitational.
Moore won two SAC titles in the indoor season besting Lenoir-Rhyne’s PJ Lotharp in the 60 by with a 6.76 time. He shaved over a half second off of his preliminary run in the 200 meters to topple Tusculum’s Widchard Guervil with a time of 21.73.
Overall, Moore has netted four All-American honors producing a pair of first-team selections at the 2019 NCAA Outdoor Championships in 100 meter and 200 meter runs. He has been named all-region on four occasions.
Tusculum’s McMillen named SAC Women’s Indoor Track Athlete of the Year
ROCK HILL, S.C. — Tusculum University distance runner Nicole McMillen has been voted the South Atlantic Conference Women’s Indoor Track & Field Athlete of the Year, the SAC office announced Tuesday. Voting was conducted by the league’s head coaches.
McMillen, a graduate student from Pickering, Ontario, won three gold medals at the SAC Indoor Track & Field Championships and set four school and conference records during the 2019-20 indoor season. She was scheduled to run in two events at the NCAA Division II Indoor championships prior to the meet’s cancellation.
McMillen helped the Pioneers to a third-place finish in the team standings at the two-day SAC Indoor Championships. On the first day of competition, McMillen won the 5,000 meters in 17:36.92 and ran the anchor leg in the distance medley relay which set school and meet records with a time of 12:43.08. On the meet’s final day, McMillen won the 3,000 meters in a time of 10:06.24.
Earlier this month, McMillen was honored by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association as the Southeast Region Track Athlete of the Year after earning Top Regional Performer honors in the mile, 3,000 and 5,000 meters. She was a three-time SAC Women’s Indoor Track Athlete of the Week this season.
The award was the second major conference award this season for McMillen, who was honored as SAC Runner of the Year in women’s cross country after winning the conference championship and finishing second at the Southeast Regional meet. McMillen, who had four wins and two runner-up finishes in seven races, qualified for the NCAA Division II Championships for the second straight year.